Flora Good Time

September 2021

Red Poppy field Photo by corina ardeleanu on Unsplash

Spring season is here once more in Australia, we’ve been looking forward to warmer and milder weather that is perfect for outdoor activities as well as the blossoming of wildflowers.

Witness the beauty of these flowers nearby at the King’s Park Festival from the 1st - 30th September, Araluen Botanic Park or further out at the Bibbulmun Track.

Here’s our top 5 safety tips to keep you safe and healthy to enjoy the wonderful spring weather.

1. Be aware of pollen count

With the blooming of flowers, an increase of pollen found in the air may trigger allergy symptoms in sufferers. These symptoms can range from watery eyes, a runny nose to an itchy throat and constant sneezing.

Strong allergic reactions could be potentially life-threatening with asthma and anaphylactic shock. If you are particularly sensitive to pollen, wear a medical mask and sunglasses to protect your nose, mouth, and eyes from pollen exposure. It is a good idea to have an EpiPen in case of emergency.

Be aware of symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort, wheezing, coughing, or swelling in the throat, tongue and lips. If symptoms persist seek help and further advice or medical attention.

2. Keep hydrated

Take advantage of the spring weather and go outdoors but ensure that you are adequately hydrated at all times. Carry a water bottle that can be refilled through out your trip and keep your body replenished with essential minerals after physical activity with hydration powders/drinks. Dehydration can result in serious health conditions, including heat stroke and seizures.

3. Be sun smart

With the warmer and milder weather also comes clearer skies, that allows for more UV rays to reach the ground. People are naturally drawn to the outdoors during this time of the year, limit prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays and reduce the chance of painful sunburns, and skin cancer.

Remember to:

4. Snakes on a plain

As the weather warms up, snakes come out of hiding to hunt for food and breed. Spring marks the end of their hibernation period, increasing the chances of encountering snakes outdoors and around your home.

Protect yourself by wearing tough, tall boots when walking outdoors and especially in the bushland, as these will help protect your feet against snake bites. Cut your grass to a short visible length and re-arrange your woodpiles to deprive snakes of hiding places.

If bitten by a snake:

  1. Follow your primary survey [DRSABCD]
  2. Contact 000 immediately
  3. Talk to, and reassure the patient
  4. Restrict movement as much as possible
  5. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and mark the bite

5. Break often & watch out

In between quarantine and state border closures we are certain that west Australians are having more road trips than ever before. Ensure that you are focused and alert by having the habit of taking frequent breaks in between long periods of driving and if possible switch driving partners.

Limit driving during dawn, dusk and night as Australian fauna like Kangaroos are quick on their feet and tend to cross the road at the worst possible time leaving moments to react. Should an animal jump in front of your vehicle, break heavily and avoid swerving. Reduce the chances of incident, by slowing down the moment you see an animal on the side of the road.

Canola Field Photo by Quynh Do on Unsplash

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